Some kind of Mediterranean season is a clear indicator that life is going back to some sort of normality. Sure it’s not perfect, but in the context of a global pandemic it’s an encouraging development. Lefts see how people are behaving. At least the boat is fit again and most of the year I will use it as my "office" as it is so much more save cruising to the ports and shipyards then getting stacked on congested motorways or full trains.
In truth we’re all waiting to see how the next couple of months will unfold. For me it has been reassuring to hear that at this stage both Cannes Yachting Festival and eventually Monaco Yacht Show (*)are set to go ahead as planned.
Also the shipyards in Italy have begun to come back and continued with their constructions and continue which their projects for new yachts.
The expectations for both shows is so great across the industry, it gives all in the industry something to look forward to.
(*) till 26th May MYS said the show would go ahead as a not-for-profit event. It seems they have since changed their decision and will not host the show until September 2021.
As a reporter I reported on collapsing societies, including the former Yugoslavia. Now every day here in my so called "civilised world" I can see the same symptoms: a increasingly polarised, insecure population. For citizens living in a socially unstable society it is becoming some how impossible to understand how fragile a crumbling financial, social and political system is before an implosion (or explosion) is bringing it all to a halt.
Since 2011, this legendary "Euro-Crisis", I see many harbingers of a slow but accelerating collapse:
The press has become one of the main pillars of the despotism of e.g. appointed, not by its citizen elected, political responsible of the EU bureaucracy. Journos and their "experts" babble endlessly like the courtiers of the 18th century at the court of Versailles about the weaknesses of the monarch, while the farmers lack bread.
I'm sure that much happens unintentionally and is not planned. But think twice, is it not designed to distract us from the depressing sight of what has become a "social market economy" which has made Germany the strongest economy in Europe? To me it looks like an attempt to keep us trapped in illusions.
These were all the warning signs from the countries I reported: they're violence, they're wars and they're intrigues. I would be glad if I was wrong. But I have seen a lot of things before the virus was hiding the fan... Much of it is now happen here in our previously much stronger countries, whether Europe or America. The circumstances which are now topical with this pandemic and its consequences with sudden outbreaks of violent BLM and LGDP action are only the drop that will bring the barrel to overflow, - or we will all become quite like people of China.
As soon as the economy collapses and the rage explodes in a firestorm across the country, the political freaks will appear, making Trump look shrewd and benign.